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Dr. Rafael Montiel

Principal Investigator

Our group is interested in the study of Evolutionary Genetic Interactions and its functional implications.

We have used different models and tools to understand these interactions at different levels. Currently our main project, funded by the Research in Science Frontiers program from CONACYT (FC-2015-2/967), aims to understand “the role of mitochondrial function in evolutionary processes”. We are interested in identifying adaptive allelic variants of genes related to mitochondrial function (including both the mtDNA-encoded and the nuclear DNA-encoded genes) to functionally test them in biological models (yeast and nematode). We use diverse omic tools, including Paleogenomics, as well as genetic and bioinformatics methods. Our specialized Paleogenomics laboratory, installed under international standards, is one of the few available in Latin America.

Recent projects:

  • The role of mitochondrial function in evolutionary processes. Research in Science Frontiers Program from CONACYT. No. FC-2015-2-967 (2016-2019).
  • Contribution from Palegogenomics to the study of agricultural expansion in Mesoamerica: Genomic comparison between hunter-gatherers and individuals associated to agricultural contexts from archaeological sites in Nuevo León. Fund for Scientific Research and Technological Development from Cinvestav. No. FidSC2018-239 (2019-2020).
  • Revisiting infanticide and sex selection in Iberian protohistoric times. Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities (2019-2023). Member of the research team.

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Dr. Rafael Montiel

Principal Investigator

M. Sc. Christian Eduardo Martínez Guerrero

Research assistant

“Bioinformatics, algorithm development”

Dr. Juan A. Castillo González


“Candidate genes cloning in C. elegans”

M. Sc. Noé García Chávez

PhD student in Plant Biotechnology

“Mitochondrial function in cancer development (in codirection with Dr. Saúl Villa-Treviño, Cinvestav)”

Dulce Maria Tamariz Contreras

Master’s student in Plant Biotechnology

“Candidate genes cloning in C. Elegans”

César M. Campa Álvarez

Master’s student in Plant Biotechnology

“Candidate genes cloning in yeast (in codirection with Dr. Alexander de Luna-Fors)"

Iván López Valdivia

Master’s student in Plant Biotechnology

“Ancestral architecture of the maize root and its response to heavy metals (in codirection with Dr. Jean Philippe Vielle-Calzada)”

Guillermo Gerardo Hernández Robles

Master’s student in Integrative Biology

“Mitonuclear phylogenetic mismatch in nematodes”


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